The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 school year has passed and applications are no longer being accepted. Applications are usually accepted in May of each year.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program.

Recipients of scholarships from both programs are chosen based on financial need.

2021-2022 School Year Distribution:

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

157 applications received

9 students from 4 families received $53,389 in scholarships

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

110 applications received

31 students from 18 families received $178,747 in scholarships

Private School Tuition Assistance Fund

One student received $3,900

Total $236,036

About the Donors

The amount available for distribution each year is based on the amount donated to the Community Foundation for the program by businesses. The businesses receive a Pennsylvania state tax credit for their donation.

Donors for the 2021-2022 distribution year:

BB&T
Capital Blue Cross
Comcast Corporation
Customers Bank
East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Elizco, Inc.
M&T Bank
Mid Atlantic Fire & Air Corp
Orrstown Bank
PNC Bank
Stratix Systems
UGI Storage Company
UGI Utilities, Inc.
UHS of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Univest Bank and Trust Co.
UPMC Health Plan
VIST Bank
Weis Markets, Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.